Manion, Kathleen; Renwick, Jane
May 2008
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;May2008, Issue 33, p70
Academic Journal
Child, Youth and Family (CYF) undertook a study of nearly a thousand case files to provide an informed perspective on why high numbers of cases that progressed to an investigation were closed after completion of that investigation with no further statutory intervention. One of the objectives of the survey was to examine social workers' case notes in detail to learn what was occurring in these cases and determine whether it was possible to make any efficiencies. The study was designed to permit a content analysis of the case notes in a stratified sample of 2003/04 CYF clients who had the outcome "case closed post-investigation". The researchers identified assessment outcomes for case closures. The data illustrated that a considerable number of families notified to CYF were of sufficient concern to warrant an investigation, but did not meet the threshold for statutory intervention. The data also provided evidence that the families in these cases were often experiencing various risks and stressors, and that while many of these families appear to be receiving a mixture of ad hoc and formal support services, many families and children have multiple engagements with CYF. The findings suggest that an optimal response requires the continued development and coordination of a range of services and agencies for referrals at the non-statutory end of the service continuum.


Related Articles

  • Conflict in the Workplace: Social Workers as Victims and Perpetrators. Ringstad, Robin // Social Work;Oct2005, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p305 

    Conflict and violence in the workplace have emerged as a real but inadequately explored concern in the social work profession. The present study surveyed a national random sample of 1,029 NASW members about their experiences with client violence and with physical and psychological assault in...

  • Staff 'subjected to six-year vendetta'.  // Community Care;11/6/2003, Issue 1497, p9 

    Reports that Richard Jan of Ealing, London, England, subjected a social worker and other professionals to a six-year harassment campaign. Arrest of Jan; Allegations against Jan.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF.  // Community Care;7/2/2009, Issue 1777, p5 

    The article presents news briefs related to community care in Great Britain. Children's secretary Ed Balls has promised to wear a Thank God for Social Workers badge with pride. Over nine in 10 councillors in charge of children's services believe media reporting of the baby Peter case has had a...

  • THE FORUM READERS' VIEWS. Willet, Elaine; Davies, Rhian; Hey, Kirsten; Cade, Trevor // Community Care;7/2/2009, Issue 1777, p12 

    The article presents readers' views on issues related to community care in Great Britain. According to one reader, the Welsh Assembly Government's commitment to placing users' views at the heart of policy and practice and every care package is a valuable starting point for the introduction of...

  • Perceptions about Social Work and Mental Retardation. Lippman, Leopold // Health & Social Work;Aug1977, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p5 

    This article discusses a research project undertaken to develop a quantitative instrument for assessing the level of societal concern for mentally retarded persons. The responses from parents and professional workers disclosed several value judgments of interest to social workers relating to...

  • How Using a Marketing Approach Helps Social Work Students to Develop Community Projects Successfully. Boehm, Amnon; Freund, Anat // British Journal of Social Work;Jun2007, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p695 

    With only one academic year in which to develop a community project, social work students can hardly gain the experience they need in this field, while providing their clients with a suitable service. The present study investigates the relationship between implementation of the marketing...

  • AsistenÅ£a socială: profesie, vocaÅ£ie ÅŸi comportament civic. O perspectivă istorică. Banciu, Angela // Social Work Review / Revista de Asistenta Sociala;2009, Vol. 8 Issue 1/2, p3 

    The social work profession involves a solid theoretical education and a practical experience based on personal abilities and strengths. Underlying the relevance of these two issues for the evaluation of the professional vocation of social workers, the article analyzes some of the historical...

  • LIVE AND LET LIVE. Witcher, Sally // Community Care;2/12/2004, Issue 1509, p20 

    Focuses on the risks posed to British social workers by the need to ensure that benefits and pensions are spent prudently. Correlations between the constraint of tight public finance management and respect for freedom and privacy of private service users; Details of the intervention of social...

  • BACKCHAT.  // Community Care;11/19/2009, Issue 1796, p58 

    The article presents reports related to community-based social service in Great Britain. One presents a question and answer contest concerning on the blogger behind the social policy and politics blog Outside Left of the journal "Community Care." The other shows a diary from a senior social...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics